A voting update on the Who Are The 1 Percent finds that as the holidays approach, the Koch Brothers are Rupert Murdoch are running away with the voting followed Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh.
Here is an update from Robert Greenwald via Michael Moore’s website, “Our vote on the 1% has been vigorous since it started last week, with thousands of people rating nominees representing Wall Street, dirty energy, war profiteering, and more. We’re going to make videos exposing the ones our audience thinks are doing the most to exploit the 99% — and so far, the most unpopular of the bunch are media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the democracy-crushing Koch Brothers.”
Here are the rest of the top 10:
3). Dick Cheney (Halliburton/White House): Did business with brutal regimes in Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Burma–then became Vice President and took a massive payday from his former company.
4). Rush Limbaugh: Spews racist bile while making about $1 million a week.
5). Erik Prince (Blackwater/Xe): Oversaw mercenary force that killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.
6). Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs): Touted mortgage deals while privately betting $10 billion they’d fail.
7). Rob Walton (Walmart): Busts unions and underpays workers yet has net worth of $21 billion.
8). Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase): Defrauded customers on mortgages, then took $25 billion bailout.
9). Paul Singer (Elliott Hedge Fund Management): Buys poor countries’ defaulted debt for cheap and then forces full payment, plus interest.
10). Angelo Mozilo (Countrywide Financial): deceived investors into buying risky “subprime” mortgages, leading to thousands of foreclosures and contributing to the recession.
As you can see, the top four are very familiar names to most Americans. What is interesting is that the first and fourth positions are being occupied by the communications and propaganda arms of the one percent. I don’t think there is any doubt that the Koch brothers are the most politically powerful members of the one percent, but the voting shows the value placed on media manipulation and messaging.
The holiday season is upon us, and these members of the one percent want to celebrate Christmas in the finest of Scrooge fashions. They want to raise taxes on working Americans, cut off unemployment benefits to six millions Americans over the holidays, and that want to kill Medicare and privatize Social Security.
The last thing the one percent wants is publicity. Now is the time to shine the light of truth on them, so they can be exposed for the entire world to see. Your votes will help to enlighten the world. Go to Who Are The 1% and vote today.